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Environmental Studies Minor

Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies Minor is open to students from all majors and colleges at UCSD. It offers a broad interdisciplinary perspective on the environmental aspects of any field of study. 21st century scientists, engineers, policy-makers, and business leaders alike will be challenged to find solutions to problems such as global warming, energy use, and the decline in natural ecosystems and biodiversity. And educators at every level will be called upon to inform their students about how environmental issues affect our lives and how we can make our lifestyles more sustainable.

The Environmental Studies minor requirements have changed effective Fall 14.

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Upcoming Opportunities: Discussion Leaders Needed - Apply Now!

Discussion Leaders Needed for ENVR 141:  Wilderness and Human Values Workshop - Apply Now!

  • Are environmental issues including ethical land use and aquatic environments important to you?
  • Do you want to cultivate leadership skills as part of your education?
  • Does an interdisciplinary approach to learning and research appeal to you?
  • Would you value the chance to explore something other than an individualistic learning experience?

If you answered "YES" to any of these questions, then Environmental Studies is calling on you to apply to participate in ENVR 141 Wilderness & Human Values Workshop for Winter Quarter, 2015.

ENVR 141 is a 2 unit course that prepares students to serve as possible discussion leaders for ENVR 140 in the Spring.  Through readings, research, discussions, field trips, and hands-on learning, potential discussion leaders will prepare to lead weekly discussion sections as well as groups of students on field trips.

Please note:  Enrollment in ENVR 141 does not guarantee that a student will serve as a discussion leader for ENVR 140 in the Spring.  Students who are selected as discussion leaders in the Spring must meet the university criteria of a 3.0 cumulative GPA and upper-division standing (90 or more units completed).

*** To APPLY:  Fill out the ENVR 141 Application Form and turn in by Monday December 15th at 4:00pm to the front desk of the Muir Advising Office located in H&SS 2126.***

Once received, applications will be directed to the Environmental Studies Coordinator who will forward them to Dr. Eckles for review.  Enrollment is by permission of Dr. Eckles.  Students will be notified of the results with an email to their UCSD email account by December 22nd, 2014.

Questions?  Email envrstudies@ucsd.edu

Independent Study and Field Research

Some credit toward the minor may be gained through independent study, field research, study abroad, the Academic Internship Program, and others (prior approval strongly recommended). Minor declarations, petitions for petitionable courses as well as transfer work and individual additions to the listed courses must be approved by the Chair of the Environmental Studies Steering Committee.


2126 Humantities and Social Sciences Building

Walk-In Advising Hours

Week 3 to Finals Week : Mondays 1:00pm to 3:30pm
& by appointment. 

Email Envr. Studies to schedule an appointment.

*Include your name, PID, and three possible meeting days/times. 


P: (858) 534-3589
F: (858) 534-3410
E: envrstudies@ucsd.edu

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